ACMA turns its eye to mobile network performance

10 Apr 2013

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) is likely to focus its attention on the performance of the country’s mobile networks, ZDNet Australia reports, citing comments made by the regulator’s CEO Chris Chapman. Speaking at the Communications Day Summit in Sydney, Mr Chapman said that the ACMA would begin an examination of networks in July 2013, with that date set with a view to giving operators time to prepare after the auction of spectrum freed up by the digital dividend, which is due to take place later this month. It is understood that the regulator plans to look at mobile network performance monitoring, while it will also seek the views of consumers with regards to how networks are performing, following which the ACMA expects to conduct a summit regarding the matter later this year. Mr Chapman did not, however, confirm whether the ACMA plans to regulate mobile network performance, noting: ‘It is premature to discuss further regulation in relation to this initiative.’